What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best

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Daddies can do lots of things, like bake you a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best?
Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible celebration of parents and the everyday things they do.

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Overview

Daddies can do lots of things, like bake you a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best?
Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible celebration of parents and the everyday things they do.

Mothers and fathers participating in everyday activities show their love for their children in very similar ways.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day, this book has the same story told in two parts. The book gets turned over depending on which story is read. Kids learn that daddies and mommies can play, cook, comfort and read stories them. It is a book for today's families in which parents share responsibility or where there may only be one caregiver in the child's life. The watercolor illustrations by Munsinger of the various animal parents and kids are fabulous and will make the simple text resonate with young children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1An appealing flip book that presents mirrored texts. The first half shows a mother bear, pig, mouse, elephant, and porcupine engaging in everyday activities with her children. Readers learn that Mommies can build a snowman with you, bake a birthday cake, "sew the loose button on your teddy bear," watch the sunset, read a story, or "hold you when you're feeling sad." But best, "Mommies can give you lots and lots of love." Flip the book and read that Daddies can do the same thing. Munsinger's winsome watercolor depictions of the animals are warm and humorous. A perfect cuddly bedtime or storytime read-aloud choice, this title practically begs preschool or early elementary teachers to help children write and illustrate their own versions to present to their parents for holiday or any-day gifts.Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689805776
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: Offers two stories in one
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 189,107
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of the best-selling modern classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the popular What Mommies Do Best and its sequels. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lynn Munsinger was born in Massachusetts. She has illustrated more than ninety books for children — bringing Wodney Wat, Tacky the Penguin, a porcupine named Fluffy, the Teeny Tiny Ghost, and Ogden Nash's Custard the Dragon to charming life. Her watercolor illustrations have been praised for their "classic quality" (Publishers Weekly) and "mix of wry humor and affection" (Booklist).

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Double Love and Challenging Parental Stereotypes!

    This volume is two books in one, but with different illustrations built around identical texts (except one version talks about 'mommies' while the other one talks about 'daddies'). One cover has the mommies while the other cover has the daddies. The two texts and covers are printed upside down from one another. I've never seen a book quite like it. Just when you think that it's merely cute, you begin to notice subtle differences. The sex roles are mixed among the parents, and the illustrations mix it up even more. Mommies are messier than in the usual expectation in some cases, while daddies are neater than the usual expectation in other cases. The illustrations feature warm, funny anthropomorphic animals that will have you and your child giggling. The book will encourage much more involvement for both parents with your youngster. I recommend this book as a gift from a child for either mother's day or father's day. The mommies' version begins with bears while the daddies' has hippos. I think the mommies got the advantage on that one. ' . . . can teach you how to ride a bicycle, make a snowman with you, and bake a delicious cake for your birthday.' The daddies' cake is much nicer though. Maybe the daddies did okay. What do you think? The mommies' version goes on to use pigs. Hmmm. ' . . . can help you make a garden grow, give you a piggyback ride, and take care of you when you're sick.' But daddies are goats. I'm not sure either parent was advantaged here. The mommies pick up as mice. That one had me laughing. ' . . . can watch the sun set with you, sew the loose button on your teddy bear, and hold you when you're feeling sad.' The daddies are foxes. I roared when I saw that. In the next section, mommies are elephants. ' . . . can take you trick-or-treating, help you give the dog a bath, and play in the park with your rollarblades.' Daddies are rabbits. Mommies have the weight edge here. In the final section, mommies become . . . porcupines. ' . . . can read you a bed time story, tuck you in, and kiss you good-night.' 'But best of all, . . . can give you lots and lots of love!' Guess what daddies are? Crocodiles! Pretty sharp, eh? However you decide to have fun with this book, it should add a whole new meaning to parenting in your household. Whether you are a mommy or a daddy, I suspect this book will give you the chance to do more things with your children. That's a great gift! After you finish the book, you might ask your child to discuss what animals other people remind her or him of. You can extend the humor in that way, and also get many interesting insights into how you child sees and thinks about others. Erase parental stereotypes with a big dose of laughter! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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